Keeping a heart-healthy lifestyle is important, whether you have a heart condition or not.

Keeping tabs on your health or the health of a loved one with apps that track heart rate, blood pressure, fitness, and endurance can reveal a lot about the efficacy of medications, lifestyle adjustments, and other treatments. Tracking your metrics is also a great way to have more productive and accurate conversations with your healthcare team.

Here are our top heart disease apps for the year.

heart disease apps

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: $4.99 for iPhone; free for Android, both with in-app purchases

The Instant Heart Rate app turns your phone’s camera lens into a heart rate monitor that displays a reading in less than 10 seconds. Its accuracy makes this tool a trusted favorite with researchers and cardiologists. Sit and take the simple test to read your heart rate and create a pulse waveform graph, or take the app’s StandUp test to measure fatigue and fitness. The app records your beats-per-minute and has a note space to track what you were doing at the time of the test.

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

You may not always be in the right place to get fast help when cardiac problems arise. This app connects you with CPR-trained community members ready to act in a cardiac (or other) emergency. The app uses your GPS to notify people in the surrounding area who can respond quickly and put their life-saving skills to use before EMS may arrive. The app guides responders and also offers directions to the nearest automated external defibrillator. Beyond the “CPR needed” notification, the app can tip you off to other emergencies and events nearby, with advantages such as keeping you and your family safe and avoiding morning commute traffic.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

The blood pressure cuff at the pharmacy was a lot of fun as a kid, but an on-hand blood pressure monitor and the convenience of an app is much more practical. This app lets you track your vital signs and record them alongside other details, such as your medications, to create a limitless lifetime visualization of your trends. Use the charts to help you understand how aspects of your health and care plan interact. Your data can sync across your devices and export to email, so you can keep your healthcare team and loved ones in the loop.

iPhone rating: 4.3 stars

Android rating: 3.9 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Many people experience higher blood pressure when they’re in the doctor’s office, but your doctor’s understanding of your typical blood pressure level is more important. An app like SmartBP allows you to take readings wherever is comfortable to get a more accurate reading. Track your diastolic pressure, systolic pressure, heart rate, and weight and the app will take care of the rest, calculating BMI and MAP and transforming your data into color-coded charts and graphs that make it simple to see what’s high, low, or in healthy ranges.

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: $0.99

Take your home monitoring up a notch by logging your data with iBP. The app stores blood pressure and blood glucose and allows you to enter a custom field, such as your stress level at the time of reading. A color-coding system correlates to the American Heart Association’s recommendations for healthy blood pressure ranges. The app creates charts of your high, average, and low blood pressure levels in a given time frame. You can find trends from the past week or two months, which can be helpful for targeting the effects of certain interventions.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Cardiio is a heart fitness app that features face-detection technology to read your heart rate. You can also use the finger sensor option, which leverages your phone’s camera light. The Cardiio app is a great way to glean insights about your resting heart rate, heart rate performance over time, and endurance. What’s more, the app offers an interval training circuit that you can follow with your doctor’s approval to help improve your numbers and aerobic ability.

iPhone rating: 4.4 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

CardioVisual has versions for medical professional and everyday users, but both feature an extensive library of health information for any heart condition you could think of. This cardiologist-created app is a one-stop shop for learning or sharing everything you need about heart health, from structure to function, condition overviews to treatments, and surgical procedures to heart-healthy lifestyle choices. The Favorite function allows you to bookmark and curate the graphics and videos you want to revisit.

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Amanda Doyle is a Boston-based healthcare editor, former dance fitness instructor, and previous neuroscience researcher. She’s passionate about equity, kindness, conscious language, and destigmatizing the human experience.